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Springfield College Receives Renewed Accreditation

April 22, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April, 22, 2011 -- Springfield College has received renewed accreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting agency for higher education institutions. The reaccreditation is for 10 years, which is the maximum period.

Springfield College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean A. Wyld responded to the NEASC announcement saying, “Regional accreditation is highly regarded around the world. We are very pleased with this result, which notes the quality of education at Springfield College, the progress made since our last accreditation, and our plans and projections to continue to advance.”

According to the NEASC accreditation report, “Springfield College has a strong mission-centered focus that informs every aspect of the students’ educational experience, a dedicated faculty, and a significantly enhanced physical plant and financial position over the last ten years.”

The commission also cited high-quality programs at the regional campuses of the college’s School of Human Services in 10 locations across the country.

Regional accreditation is carried out by teams including college and university presidents, academic officers, faculty members, and campus experts in finance, student services and library/technology, as well as public members. A professional staff oversees accreditation.

Throughout the past decade, regional accreditation commissions have been leaders in helping colleges and universities assess what and how their students are learning and use the results for improvement.

CIHE of NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation also recognizes CIHE of NEASC for its expectations for an institution’s quality, improvement and accountability.

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